Former Australia's head coach Michael Cheika walks before the match. REUTERS/Florencia Tan Jun

Rugby Australia to decide Cheika’s fate by Christmas

Michael Cheika will get to know his fate as a wallabies coach by Christmas. This is according to a statement by Rugby Australia  chairman Cameron Clyne after Cheika made his presentation to the board.

Unlike the past when the board used to show their full support for Cheika, Clyne’s statement did not clearly lean on any side meaning things could fall either way.

“Today was our December board meeting, it’s our last board meeting of the year, we had a pretty full agenda,” he said on Monday.

“We obviously received a presentation from Michael Cheika and we’re going through a process, so I’m not really in a position to elaborate.

“We’ve had a presentation from Michael, we’ve had some data gathered from him, from his coaching staff, from his players and from our high performance unit and we need to go through a fairly thorough review process.

“We’ve got all the information we need and we’ll be going through that process.

“I know people are very keen to know what’s going on but I felt it was important to at least let you know where we are in that process and obviously we’ll have more to say and have that process wrapped up ahead of Christmas.”

Cheika has come under fire in the past year for Wallabies’ deteriorating form and poor performances in test matches with many calling for his head. Now the decision as to whether Cheika and his assistants ship out solely lies with with the board. He can only hope  Christmas brings him a good gift.

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